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Xiaomi announces Mi TV Stick, Redmi 9 series, and more smart home products
- Xiaomi has announced several new products as part of its smart home ecosystem.
- The new Mi TV Stick and the international variant of the Mi Band 5 are now out.
- The company has also launched new e-scooters, phones, TWS earphones, and a gaming monitor.
For many, Xiaomi is one of the most successful smartphone makers in the world. But the company’s product portfolio doesn’t end at phones. The Chinese tech giant is also one of the biggest players in the smart home space and has been constantly ramping up its portfolio around the world. At its latest global ecosystem product launch, the brand announced several new products for the UK and European markets. Let’s take a detailed look at all those new launches.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick
One of the most significant announcements from today’s Xiaomi event was that of the new Mi TV Stick. We already know a lot about the new Android TV dongle thanks to leaks and it looks like they were right on the money. The Mi TV Stick is a pocket-sized streaming device that’ll attach to your TV’s HDMI port. It comes with Google Chromecast built-in and also supports voice commands thanks to the Google Assistant. Sadly, Xiaomi has only announced a 1080p version of the Mi TV Stick and there’s no news of a 4K variant just yet. The device is equipped with a Bluetooth remote with dedicated buttons for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Here’s a quick summary of all its specs.
|Xiaomi Mi TV Stick|
|Dimensions and weight||92.4 x 30.2 x 15.2mm|
|Performance||CPU: Quad core Cortex A53|
GPU: ARM Mali-450
Internal storage: 8GB
|Connectivity and ports||HDMI x 1, Micro USB x 1|
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4GHz/5GH
|Video||Resolution: 1920 x 1080 FHD@60fps|
Support: VP9-10, H.265, H.264, VC-1, MPEG1/2/4, real 8/9/10
Formats: RM, MOV, VOB, AVI, MKV, TS,
|Audio||Dolby Audio and DTS|
Formats: MP3, WMA, AAC, Flac, OGG
|Box contents||TV stick, power adapter, remote control,|
The Mi TV Stick will directly compete with the Amazon Fire TV Stick when it comes to the market. It’ll be available for €39.99 (~$46).
Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5
Xiaomi launched the Xiaomi Mi Band 5 in China last month, so we know mostly everything about it already. What we were awaiting confirmation on is if the global version of the fitness tracker features NFC. As it turns out, it doesn’t. Don’t expect to make payments using the Mi Band 5 anytime soon. There’s also no Amazon Alexa support onboard as previously rumored. Additionally, Xiaomi has even shaved off SpO2 or blood oxygen tracking from the international variant.
Elsewhere, all the specs of the global Mi Band 5 variant remain the same as its Chinese counterpart. It comes with 11 exercise modes, heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, magnetic charging, 5ATM water resistance, and more. The only difference is that this global version is called the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5. You can read about all its features and specs in detail here.
Also read: The best fitness trackers you can buy
The Mi Smart Band 5 is priced at €39.99 (~$46) in Europe, with a €34.99 (~$40) early bird price. Its UK price will be announced on July 16 when it goes on sale through Xiaomi’s website in the country.
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic
The name of Xiaomi’s new true wireless earbuds is definitely a mouthful and they are nothing more than a rehashed version of the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2. They have the same AirPods-like design and promise 20 hours of battery life with the charging case. Xiaomi claims the in-ears fully charge in 1.5 hours via USB-C. Just like the existing Mi TWS earphones, these come with noise isolation tech and a 14.2mm dynamic driver.
You can control them with double-tap gestures. The earphones include optical sensors for in-ear detection to automatically pause audio when popped out. The only difference between these new earbuds and the Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 is that the latter support the LHDC codec for high-quality audio. The basic variants only come with support for SBC and AAC codecs.
The Mi True Wireless Earphones 2 Basic are priced at £49.99 (~$56.77) in the UK. They will be available on Xiaomi’s UK website starting July 16. The earphones are also available in Europe for €39.99 (~$46) and at an early bird price of €29.99 (~$34).
Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 and Mi Electric Scooter 1S
Want to go zipping around on a Xiaomi electric scooter? You’ll soon have two options to choose from. Xiaomi has announced the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 and Scooter 1S for the UK and European markets. The two electric scooters are designed for short commutes of up to 45km at maximum speeds of 25km/h. The Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 is the more powerful of the two with a 300W DC motor, built-in LCD monitor, a 12,800mAh battery, 8.5-inch pneumatic tires, a 2W headlight, and a dual braking system.
Both e-scooters will be available on sale in the UK and Europe soon. The Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 starts at €499 (~$571), while the Scooter 1S starts at €399 (~$457).
The company also revealed that it teamed up with the Mercedes F1 team to work on a special edition Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 model, but it didn’t disclose any other details.
Xiaomi Redmi 9A and 9C
The company also announced the European launch of the Redmi 9 series, namely the Redmi 9, Redmi 9C, and Redmi 9A. The former device actually launched in Europe last month, but the Redmi 9C and Redmi 9A are new to the market.
These two phones offer entry-level horsepower, the same 5MP selfie camera, HD+ screens, and the same 5,000mAh battery. Otherwise, the Redmi 9C brings a 13MP triple camera setup (13MP+2MP+2MP) and a rear fingerprint scanner. Meanwhile, the Redmi 9A has a single 13MP rear camera and no fingerprint scanner.
The Redmi 9C starts at €119 (~$136) for the 2GB/32GB variant, while the 3GB/64GB option will set you back €139 (~$159). Meanwhile, the Redmi 9A retails for €99 (~$113) for a 2GB/32GB option.
Xiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor
Lastly, Xiaomi announced a new 34-inch curved gaming monitor as part of its smart home launches. The monitor comes with a 21:9 ultra-wide 144Hz display with a 4ms response rate and 3440 x 1440 resolution. It offers 121% sRGB wide color gamut and promises up to 300 nits of brightness. The new Xiaomi monitor also features AMD FreeSync technology for smooth graphics rendering and a stutter-free gaming experience.
The Mi Curved Gaming Monitor is priced at €399 (~$457).
Those were all the announcements from Xiaomi’s smart home event. What do you think of Xiaomi’s new products, especially the Mi TV Stick? Let us know in the comments section below.